curated by krist gruijthuijsen
23.4. – 29.10.2023
curated by krist gruijthuijsen
Vernissage Thursday November 29th, 6-9 pm ** Afterparty at Roxy 10pm, come and celebrate with us! **
A vague feeling of resignation accompanies the last drag of a cigarette before its stubbed out outside the door to the factory, a last breath of freedom followed by a renewed sense of purpose. There’s a job to be done. A role to be performed, gears to be turned. And you are dressed for it. Stepping into the building, you step onto a stage and assume the persona you’re hired for, its postures and subtle choreography of gazes and gestures. Lowered eyes, a sidelong glance, the shuffle of shoes register your arrival, your bodily presence a bare signal of your willingness to meet expectations.
Every shift begins with a repetition of this moment of uncertainty: will they show up—on time? Even more than a time clock, a worn path at the door is a mark of discipline. Continuity of work affords the ground to smooth tensions always latent in employer-employee relations, through the push and pull of contracts, negotiations, incentives and shows of resistance. Slow-downs, strikes, lock-outs. Solidarity born of common interests inscribed in grease stains on habitually worn uniforms, reissued in new dye-lots as long as the work holds out. Closings, outsourcing, automation disturb this hard-won balance and the politics of class struggle built upon its foundations. The abstraction of the working class fractures with the retirement of the uniform, a relic of labor’s geographical and technological redistribution. In the work of Simon Mullan, the worker’s suit returns to the status of an aesthetic object, a holder of symbolic and material significance to be reworked.
Past the gallery door the carpet is clean and white. Across the room, a chair beckons the freelancer, whose primary skill for hire is an attention span usually exercised in front of a screen. But first, the chair itself extracts a modicum of this form of labor. Its shape is banal; its texture intriguing. Its color, reiterated throughout the exhibition, a montage of blues and white. Neatly painted and reupholstered in old Blaumann suits, the old DDR chair becomes a seat of the new economy. Under the minimalist logo of three blue bars of deconstructed uniforms, Mullan operates a narrow liminal zone between nostalgic irony and good honest work that does not forgive the viewer the obligation to show up.
by Dehlia Hannah
Light -Video- Sound Biennial
SIMON MULLAN: continuous power
Sound Installation In continuous power (2011–ongoing), “high” culture and “street” culture come together in a sculpture-as-concert: Eight custom automobiles projecting sound from powerful, ridiculous hi-fi systems are arranged in a circular formation. This temporary space functions as a surround-sound listening environment for the audience, who may come and go as they please.
Sounds created by Bernhard Rehn, Julian Hruza and Simon Mullan. On view:
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018; 7pm – 2am
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26.09. – 30.09.2018 (ENG)
26th of May – 23th of September For the sixth time, we have the pleasure of inviting you to our international sculpture biennial with artists from all over the world. The artists invited for the 2018 edition will be exhibiting both in the Museum and in public space.
The Curator of this year’s biennial, A Grin Without a Cat is Power Ekroth.
ART+TEXT BUDAPEST is pleased to present Transitioning Spaces, an exhibition of site-specific artworks by three contemporary artists from Vienna: Hugo Canoilas, Christoph Meier and Simon Mullan, Curator: Jade Niklai.
Vienna Contemporary / Nathalie Halgand
ABC Berlin 15—18 September 2016 Station-Berlin Dittrich & Schlechtriem | Simon Mullan
MICHAEL DEKKER und SIMON MULLAN EIGEN + ART Lab – in Zusammenarbeit mit Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement, Kurator des Trustee Programm der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung / 5.7. – 30.7.2016